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3rd January Current Affairs 2020

3rd January Current Affairs 2020

National Current Affairs

Gujarat CM unveiled world’s 2nd tallest statue of Vallabhbhai Patel in Ahmedabad

Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Ramniklal Rupani unveiled the world’s 2nd largest statue of Sardar vallabhbhai Patel at Sardardham campus near Vaishnodevi circle in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

This bronze statue which is 50 feet tall weighing 70,000 kilograms was built at a cost of Rs 3.25 crores.

Important points:
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani unveils world’s 2nd tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the world at Ahmedabad.
  • 50 feet tall bronze statue with a weight of 70 thousand kilograms has been unveiled at the Sardardham campus near Vaishnodevi Circle in Ahmedabad.

Ritualistic Festival ‘Lai Haroba’ begins in Tripura

Lai Haroba, a ritualistic festival observed by Manipuri meitei communities began in Agartala, Tripura. The five-day long festival was inaugurated by Speaker of State legislative Assembly, Rebati Mohan Das.

Lai Haroba was celebrated through oral literature, music, dance and rituals. A cultural troupe from Manipur came and performing manipuri martial arts, folk music and folk dances.

Important Points:

Lai Haraoba is celebrated through oral literature, music, dance and rituals.

Capital of Tripura is Agartala, CM of Tripura is Biplab Kumar Deb.

Odisha govt launches India’s 1st  e-Gazette portal for all gazette notifications

The State Government of Odisha has launched an online platform called “e-Gazette portal” (, a first-of-its-kind initiative in India designed and developed by the NIC (National Informatics Centre) for all departments. With this, the Gazette notifications are now available as error-free and paperless under one platform.

Important Points:
  • Capital – Bhubaneshwar
  • Governor – Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief Minister – Naveen Patnaik

28th World Book Fair to focus on Gandhi as writer

The annual New Delhi World Book Fair, in its 28th edition, will focus on how Mahatma Gandhi influenced generations of writers through his writings. The fair, organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) in association with ITPO, will be inaugurated by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

The theme for World Book Fair 2020 is ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer.

Kerala became 1st State to pass resolution against CAA

Kerala became the 1st state in the country to pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The resolution was moved by Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayee Vijayan and was seconded by the Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala.Several other chief ministers of West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan,  Delhi have also announced for not implementing CAA in their states.

Important Points:

CM of Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan;

Governor of Kerala: Arif Mohammed Khan.

Railways renames RPF as Indian Railway Protection Force Service

The Indian Railways has renamed its security force RPF (Railway Protection Force) as Indian Railway Protection Force Service. The ministry has accorded organised Group A status to RPF and renamed it. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a security force, enacted by the Indian Parliament for “the better protection and security of railway property”.

Important Points:

Union Railway Minister: Piyush Goyal.

UPSRTC launched ‘Damini’ helpline service for women

UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) has launched ‘Damini’ helpline service considering the safety of the women passengers. As the extension of ‘Nirbhaya Yojana’ the unique number “81142-77777” has been subscribed for this helpline. Using these helpline women passengers can lodge their complaints by calling the helpline number and by using WhatsApp service.

UP Present CM: Yogi Adityanath, Governor: Anandiben Patel.

International Affairs

Iran’s Gen Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike on Baghdad airport

Iran’s top commander General Qassim Soleimani has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad. Soleimani, who led a Special Forces unit of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, has been a key figure of Iranian and the Middle East politics.

Important Points:
Iran Capital: Tehran;
Currency of Iran: Rial;
President of Iran: Hassan Rouhani.

Banking Current Affairs

BoB joins hands with JM Financial for co-lending to home buyers

Bank of Baroda (BoB), an Indian Multinational, public sector Bank has signed a co-lending partnership agreement with JM Financial Home Loans Limited (JMFHL), the housing finance arm of JM Financial Group, to provide retail loans to home buyers.

Important Points about BoB:
  • Founded In: 20 July 1908
  • Head Quarters: Vadodara, Gujarat
  • Non Executive Chairman: Hasmukh Adhia
  • Tagline: India International Bank


Andhra Pradesh Govt. appoints two ‘Disha Special Officers’

The Andhra Pradesh government-appointed Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official Dr Kritika Shukla and Indian Police Service (IPS) official M Deepika, as Special Officers for implementing the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act 2019.The Act is intended for speedy trial and faster execution in cases of sexual offences against women in the state.

Important Points:

CM of Andhra Pradesh: YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

Governor of Andhra Pradesh: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

Prof Suresh Chandra Sharma was appointed as the 1st Chairman of NMC

Delhi AIIMS’ Professor Suresh Chandra Sharma appointed as the 1st ever Chairman of NMC (National Medical Commission). Sharma was the head of ENT(ears, nose, throat) head-surgery department of AIIMS(All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in New Delhi.

The Committee also appointed Dr Rakesh Kumar Vats, Secretary-General, Board of Governors, Medical Council of India as Secretary of NMC.The Chairman and the Secretary of NMC will serve for a period of 3 years or till the age of 70 years.

Important Points:

  1. National Commission Bill 2019 was introduced which replaces the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
  2. In this Commission 33 member will be appointed by the Central Government which includes Chairman, President and Director’s.

Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed as 11th and 1st female Chancellor of UK’s Queen’s University

Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed as the first female Chancellor of United Kingdom’s Queen’s University. She succeeds Tom Moran. Clinton is the 11th Chancellor of the University and will serve for a period of five years from January 1, 2020. She will act as an advisor to the vice-chancellor Prof Ian Greer and senior management.

Important Points

  • In 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from the Queen’s University.
  • She was the Democratic Presidential nominee in 2016 US election.
  • In 2009 she was appointed as the United States Secretary of State by President Barack Obama.


GOI signed MoU with Flipkart under DAY-NULM scheme

Government of India signed MoU with Flipkart for selling the products made by women self-help groups under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) on the e-commerce platform. Under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), self-help groups consisting of 44 lakh women have been working across the country, a move aimed at making women financially independent.


Cristiano Ronaldo bags best men’s player title at 11th Dubai Globe Soccer Awards 2019 in Dubai

Famous Portuguese professional football player Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded by 11th Dubai Globe Soccer Awards 2019 as the best men’s player of the year in the international football function held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ronaldo has won the award six times out of its nine years of its existence and also marked 4th consecutive time.

Important Points:

England international Lucy Bronze was awarded the best women’s player of the year.

The award has been presented in 15 categories.

Sports Affairs

National Ice Hockey Championship-2020 begins in Leh

The 5th Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) National Ice Hockey Championship -2020 has begun in Leh, Ladakh.The tournament will continue till 7th January in Karzoo Ice Hockey Rink in Leh. Where the Army, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and home team Ladakh are participating for the championship in U-20 boys category.

Important Points:

President of Ice Hockey Association of India: K. L. Kumar.

Indian chess grandmaster Koneru humpy finishes 12th in FIDE World Blitz competition 2019 held in Moscow, Russia

Humpy Koneru (32), an Indian chess grandmaster from Andhra Pradesh, has settled 12th overall in the 2-day FIDE World Blitz competition 2019 held at at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. She ended the tournament with 10.5 points out of 17 games.

Important Points:

  • Another Indian Harika Dronavalli finished 25th position.
  • Earlier in December 2019, Hampi won the FIDE (International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation) Women’s World Rapid chess Championship 2019 against China’s Lei Tingjie in Armageddon (chess penalty shoot-out) in the finals held in Russia.

Important Days

World Health Organization designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

The executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as International Year of Nurse and Midwife in honour of 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. The WHO will also launch first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report in 2020 prior to the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly.

Important Points:

WHO is also partner of The State of the World’s Midwifery 2020 report. The report will also be launched along with the nursing report.

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